Tribal Access Program (TAP)

Tribal Access Program (TAP)

Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) for National Crime Information Ensuring the Exchange of Critical Data

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launched the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) in August 2015 and has expanded yearly to provide Tribes access to national crime information systems for federally authorized criminal and non-criminal purposes. TAP allows selected federally-recognized Tribes to more effectively serve and protect their nation’s citizens by ensuring the exchange of critical data across the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) systems and other national crime information systems


There are currently over 50 Tribes with agencies participating in TAP.

View the list of TAP-FULL and TAP-LIGHT Tribes

View a map of the TAP-FULL and TAP-LIGHT Tribes

    TAP Application Period for FY20: September 1 to October 31, 2019

    TAP will be accepting applications during this time period. We strongly encourage all Tribes to apply.


    Use this worksheet to see if your Tribe has a need for access to FBI CJIS databases that TAP could fill prior to actually applying.


    TAP is funded by the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).  Tribes must use TAP to support criminal justice purposes such as: law enforcement efforts in Indian country; sex offender registries authorized by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act; and assist in providing services to victims of crime.


    Requirements for Participation in TAP


    In order to assist and educate interested tribes, TAP will host a TAP Overview webinar on the following dates at 2 pm (EST). TAP Overview provides an overview of the TAP program and benefits for criminal and non-criminal justice agencies to enhance tribal public safety.  Please email and let us know which event you are interested in attending.  

    • Thursday, September 12 
    • Monday, September 16  
    • Thursday, October 3  
    • Wednesday, October 9
    • Tuesday, October 15 
    • Wednesday, October 23 
    • Monday, October 28 

    Who should attend:  Anyone interested in TAP, especially senior executive tribal leaders, with decision-making authority, who can make the decision for their tribe should submit an application for FY2020


    To participate in TAP, federally recognized Tribes must apply and be selected. TAP usually accepts applications once a year; please check the TAP website for current information on the application dates.Tribes must agree to comply with and adhere to auditing and policy requirements, personnel and physicalrequirements, and technical security requirements applied to all agencies when accessing nation crime information systems. Tribes decide which agencies will participate in TAP and must designate a Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) for each participating agency who is responsible for pre-deployment and postdeployment activities. Participation in TAP also requires the approval of Tribal leadership.


    Tribes must provide high-speed Internet access and pay any FBI CJIS User Fees associated with fingerprint-based and name-based checks for noncriminal justice purposes, executing a user fee Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FBI CJIS to pay those fees. Additionally, Tribal governments must make legislative or policy determinations that provide guidance to courts and law enforcement about what Tribal data is shared.




    DOJ assumes responsibility for granting network access, extending the model used by federal agencies to Tribes. DOJ ensures personnel, IT, and physical security; vetting and on-boarding; testing; training; and auditing.


    TAP-LIGHT provides agencies with the ability to conduct name-based record checks and enter person and property information, while TAP-FULL also provides the additional hardware necessary to conduct fingerprint-based criminal and non-criminal justice transactions.


    TAP provides online and on-site training and assists Tribes in analyzing needs and identifying/providing appropriate solutions to maximize the value of national crime information.


    Tribes may use TAP for all purposes authorized by federal law.

    The criminal justice agencies eligible to participate in TAP are:

    • Law Enforcement Agencies
    • Prosecutor's Offices
    • Corrections and Detention
    • Criminal Courts
    • Pretrial Services
    • Probation and Parole

    The non-criminal justice agencies eligible to participate in TAP are:

    • Agencies with Sex Offender Registration responsibilities
    • Agencies whose staff/volunteers have contact with or control over Indian children
    • Public Housing
    • Child Support Enforcement
    • Head Start
    • Agencies investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children
    • Civil Courts issuing orders of protection, injunctions, restraining orders, or other keep away orders

    TAP helps Tribes as they protect their communities in a variety of ways. Among other things, Tribes can:

    • Enter orders of protection making them accessible for enforcement both on and off Tribal land
    • Register sex offenders in compliance with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act
    • Enter information to prevent illegal gun purchases
    • Enter arrest warrants for on and off reservation awareness and enforcement
    • Perform record checks on employees and volunteers who have contact with or control over Indian children
    • Perform record checks of housing applicants and tenants
    • Document arrest and conviction data
    • Access investigative records of other law enforcement agencies
    • Locate absent parents to enforce child support orders
    • Search for and enter information about persons and property
    • Conduct name-based criminal history checks to determine if supervised individuals have new charges
    • Obtain complete criminal histories to make release recommendations in criminal court cases


    Read the Press Release on FY 2020 TAP Expansion

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